Yet Another Festival: Hola México

I somehow missed a whole other festival that’s opening tomorrow: Hola México. This  six-day travelling festival has already played in LA, and will go to Miami when it’s done here. As the name implies, this is a festival of Mexican cinema. I know nothing about it except what’s on the web site.

SFIFF: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Stephin Merritt

I saw 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Stephin Merritt last night (Tuesday night). It will probably be my last event at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival. What a disappointing way to end an otherwise enjoyable festival! Coincidentally, this was the third silent film event I’ve attended in the last two months where … Continue reading SFIFF: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Stephin Merritt

SFIFF: Presumed Guilty

A- Presumed Guilty In Mexico, the accused are guilty until proven innocent, and the courts really aren’t interested in who’s innocent. That José Antonio Zúñiga was arrested and convicted of murder with bad evidence against him and ignored evidence in his favor is hardly unique. What was unique is that lawyers-turned-documentary-filmmakers Roberto Hernández and Layda … Continue reading SFIFF: Presumed Guilty

SFIFF: Life 2.0

B+ Life 2.0 I came into Life 2.0 knowing nothing about Second Life, the online virtual world that’s the subject of Jason Spingarn-Koff’s documentary. I came out knowing a little bit about how it works, and a good deal about how it effects its more fanatical (one’s tempted to  say “more addicted”) citizens. The film … Continue reading SFIFF: Life 2.0